Mississippi God-dumb! Rightbloggers Rage as Blacks Help Cochran Beat the Tea Party
As we have learned from previous Tea Party candidacies, rightbloggers believe all Republican office-holders must be replaced by frothing maniacs, and nothing infuriates them more than when one of their champions falls to the Establishment. But in this case they were even more enraged than usual -- partly because of the involvement of Democrats and black people.
Thad Cochran has been a Mississippi Senator since approximately the founding of the Republic, but like other old-guard Republicans he got a Tea Party challenge, in this case from talk radio host Chris McDaniel.
The rightblogger rip on Cochran was that he spent too much time on constituent services -- he's "one of the Senate's legendary porkers," scowled Timothy P. Carney at the Washington Examiner, and "has disproportionate control over Congress's purse strings" -- and not enough time trying to repeal Obamacare, ban abortion, and all the other projects McDaniel promised to pursue in office.
McDaniel had full Tea Party backing, and if some of his associates were a little overzealous -- breaking into a nursing home to take pictures of Cochran's wife, for example -- that just showed what devotion the candidate commanded among them. And anyway, who was Cochran to talk? McDanielites attacked him with ads like "Cochran Supported the Release of 5 Terrorists" -- referring to the swap that brought home Bowe Bergdahl, the five-year prisoner of war whom rightbloggers think should have been left to die rather than freed by such as Obama.
On June 3 McDaniel beat Cochran but couldn't get a majority, necessitating a run-off. Both men returned to the hustings, where it appears Cochran's campaign reached out to black Democrats, suggesting that McDaniel's attitudes toward them, which were well-known from his radio broadcasts, were so dangerous to them that they might like to exploit a vagary of local election law that allows voter to choose whichever party's primary they'd prefer to vote in, and nip McDaniel in the bud.
Apparently it's something black people worry about. Who knew? (Via.)
McDaniel snarled that the Cochran campaign "should be ashamed of themselves" and "have abandoned conservatives" -- which, to us, sounds slightly hysterical and possibly self-damaging, since it's obviously aimed at voters he'd already won rather than at fence-sitters whose support would help him in the runoff. But what do we know about politics? Rightbloggers were at least as convinced as they already had been, and many predicted that in Mississippi the Negro Question would be resolved in their favor.
"QUESTIONS MOUNT ABOUT EFFORT TO DRIVE DEMOCRAT VOTES FOR COCHRAN," screamed the headline on Matt Boyle's Breitbart.com report, which also carried a huge picture as well as a video of a black Cochran supporter so even readers who couldn't read would get the message.
"Cochran Campaign Stoops to a New Low" dudgeoned The Madison Project. "...Their last ditch effort to buy another vacuous term in the Senate now completely revolves around turning out Democrat voters. What's worse is that the call targets black Democrat voters" -- gasp! -- '"by directly calling the Tea Party racist."
Now where'd anyone get such an idea? Well, if they didn't have it to start with, they might have got it Politico reported McDaniel was sending "poll-watchers" to the voting booths to ensure the integrity of the results -- which, as the New York Times delicately described it, "evokes memories of the civil rights struggles of the state's past."
The McDaniel camp was unembarrassed; the poll watchers were needed "in areas where Mr. Cochran is recruiting Democrats," reported "J. Christian Adams, a former Justice Department official and conservative commentator." Adams does much of his commentating, by the way, for rightblogger outfit PJ Media, where has been using his column to campaign for McDaniel ("Democrat Machine Notaries Working MS GOP Runoff," etc.).
(Another of McDaniel's campaign trail buddies is Wayne Allyn Root, another rightblogger who's into the Go Galt thing and predicted days before the 2012 election that Mitt Romney would win in a landslide. He is also, as he demonstrated on The Daily Show, a dick. When a candidate's brain trust includes the sort of people we regularly made fun of in this column, you know you're dealing with the Tea-hee-hee-est of Teabaggers.)
Are you feeling the irony? Imagine how rightbloggers, who react to irony pretty much the way they react to ballet and mosques, felt about it.
"Disgrace Cochran Chicanery Pulls Him to MS Victory" cried US 4 Palin. "Conservatives Urge McDaniel To Run as Write-In Candidate in the Fall," reported Dan Riehl (come on, we couldn't possibly be that lucky). "Cochran win draws criticism of open primaries," dutifully bullshat the Washington Times.
"With Thad Cochran it's Time to Think Long Term About Destroying the GOP," raved Warner Todd Huston at Wizbang. When Cochran, whom Huston called "senile," decided to "throw the race card and scare vulnerable black voters" into supporting him, this proved once and for all that "the Republican Party is merely the 'outer defenses' for the Democrat Party" and "Republicans consider traditional Americans an enemy that needs to be vanquished." Therefore Huston proposed that "every conservative in Miss. vote for Cochran's Democrat opponent and make sure that Cochran is defeated in his re-election bid." We hope the Mississippi Democrats have the presence of mind to print this off and distribute it.
A few of the brethren were bold enough to suggest their real enemies were the black voters who had the temerity to vote in their election.